BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO – Hallie Schmitt, 25, pleaded guilty today in Summit County District Court before Chief Judge Mark Thompson to a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury, as a result of being a hit and run driver and causing injuries that left the victim hospitalized and with permanent injury.
At approximately 11:22 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2014, the victim was walking on Airport Road within less than a mile of the Justice Center where she entered her guilty plea today, when the car driven by Schmitt, collided with the victim pedestrian, who was walking home alone. Defendant Schmitt did not stop, but fled the scene.
Breckenridge Police responded to the victim’s location after a passing driver saw her laying in the roadway, rendered aid and summoned help. During a meticulous crime scene search, police recovered a critical evidence piece — a small piece of damaged bumper, which Detective Blank of the Breckenridge Police Department determined by shape and color, belonged to an unknown car but likely a Toyota 4-Runner SUV model.
Within a few days, Detective Blank observed defendant Schmitt driving a 2003 Toyota 4-Runner with front end damage that like a missing puzzle piece, was matched to the bumper debris found at the crime scene. The Detective stopped the defendant who claimed that although she had been in the area of Breckenridge the night of the accident, she had no memory of the manner in which her bumper had been damaged and disputed any involvement in the accident that left the victim lying on Airport Road in Breckenridge.
“After today’s plea hearing, a young woman tragically injured and essentially left for dead, conclusively resolves the question of, “who would do this to me?”, said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “Top notch work by Breckenridge Police Department officers and detectives, putting together physical evidence and linking it to the defendant, enables us to put a period on the guilt portion of this case,” Brown added.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled to occur July 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM in District Court. The defendant is facing a maximum term of six-years imprisonment at the Department of Corrections.